Embrace between Joan Laporta and Leo Messi after the final of the Glass of Rey. Image: @JoanLaportaFCB in Twitter

THE PRESIDENT "NO REGRET"

The forceful opinion of Laporta on the course of Leo Messi

Published:8/03/2022 - 00:31h

Updated:8/03/2022 - 00:31h

The president of FC Barcelona spoke on Barça TV about his first year as president of the club; a second stage at the helm of the institution marked by the departure of Lionel Messi and the restructuring of the squad

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The course of Leo Messi keeps on being the most remembered moment of the first year of management of Joan Laporta like president of the FC Barcelona. The course of the Argentinian idol supposed the beginning of a new was in the club, but to these heights the institution already seems to have surpassed the 'trauma' of the exit of the '10' and, with Xavi Hernández in the bench, the fanaticada culé has recobrado the illusion after a first-half of grey and turbulent season, that included a change of trainer.

On Messi, Laporta ensures that "it was the most sad decision of all. It had not wanted to it take never, but neither am arrepentido", emphasized the president. The directive understood that the best for the economic and sportive future of the institution was to bet by a renewal of the staff, and the exit of the Argentinian was the start of this restructuring. "We had to put the institution above all else, that is what did, even by in front of the best player", added.

In the summer of 2021, the financial situation of the Barça was very complex. And it keeps on being it, but in this moment the club has attained to find the form to achieve the necessary resources to renew the staff and work in the indebtedness. "The situation was the one who was. Topamos With the reality. It seemed that afterwards there was not at all, but has history of the Barça follows and with work and decisions very thought could go back to the way of the success, that is what are doing", detailed the mandator.

After the end of the season 2020-21, Messi left to Brazil to contest the Glass America with Argentina, that finally won. It expected that the captain renewed, but finally announced his exit on 8 August. The club affirmed that "in spite of having arrived to an agreement with the player and with the clear intention of both parts to sign a new agreement, could not formalise the renewal because of economic and structural obstacles by the economic rule of LaLiga Spanish)".

The new leading blaugrana and the era 'post Messi'

After the exits of Messi and Antoine Griezmann, Laporta attained to close the incorporations of Ferran Torres, Adama Traoré and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Only Adama has not confirmed his continuity for the 2022-23, but the performance of the new trio of attackers of the Barça is surpassing the expectations. However, many still ask if, as well as it achieved money to manage the signings of winter and today dreams with the arrival of Erling Haaland, the club would not have been able to do a greater effort the summer gone through retain to Lionel.

For Laporta, Messi is an enclosed chapter and only thinks in the future of the club. The president shows satisfied with the discount salarial attained and the staff that, little by little, goes making the directive. "It has done a big effort. It likes me more work with the research of income that in reducing the cost. It has achieved this discount, that was key. It has understood , although we still are by on... It is necessary to work, especially, in the income. It is necessary to improve it to the maximum.

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